|From||"Roger Brugge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date||Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:55:49 +0000|
Forwarded from CLIMLIST... NERC studentship for October 2014 in association with Jesus College, Oxford Atmospheric drivers of European drought events Supervisors: Tim Woollings (AOPP, University of Oxford), Brian Hoskins and Mike Blackburn (University of Reading) and Adam Scaife (Met Office) Persistent atmospheric circulation patterns such as blocking anticyclones are essential ingredients of European droughts. There is evidence that remote forcing factors could contribute to the persistence of these events. Potential candidates for this forcing include Rossby wave forcing from the tropics, anomalous ocean temperatures, sea ice coverage, stratospheric temperatures and local surface feedbacks. If any of these factors do influence the atmospheric circulation over Europe there is potential for improved predictability of European drought events. The project will begin by analyzing observational data for selected persistent circulation cases. Then the student will perform simulations of these events using a simple dynamical circulation model constrained to follow the observed flow in particular regions. These simulations will aim to attribute causality to particular forcings and could be used to test factors such as the sensitivity to model background state and the importance of resolution. Both of these factors are relevant to interpreting the skill of forecast systems to capture the response to forcing. This studentship is part of a new research project on drought bringing together scientists from several universities and institutions. Close interaction within this team is envisaged, and the project has a co-supervisor from the Met Office as it is hoped that the results of the project will be of real benefit to operational forecasting. This studentship will be affiliated with the newly founded Oxford Doctoral Training Programme in Environmental Research <http://www.environmental-research.ox.ac.uk/>. Eligibility: Full funding (for 4 years) is available for UK/EU students who have been resident in the UK for the last three years. Other EU candidates are eligible for a fees-only award. A strong maths or physics background is required, and some experience of computer programming is desirable. Deadline for application: 23 April 2014. Interviews will be held on 7 May 2014. Further information: Please email any questions about the project to Dr Tim Woollings (email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>). If you have an administrative question contact Sarah Harrington (email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>). <http://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduates/atmospheric-oceanic-and-planetary-physics/nerc-studentship>
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